By Evangelist A.
“Reaching the lost at all cost” has become the buzz words for many pastors and church leaders. Never before in the history of humanity has the church been confronted with so many issues. At the heart of our problems seems to be pluralism and everyone being right in their own eyes. The Apostle Paul made the prediction in 1 Timothy 4:1 that in the last days some would depart from the faith (Apostasy) and give in to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils! This is most telling as we examine the many “pop- up” churches and other “religious groups.”
As a body, the church has been under much scrutiny. This is primarily due to the fact that there seem to be so many sects within Christianity with each claiming superiority to the other, while other major religions of the world seemingly have been able to arrive at some consensus regarding the basic tenets of their faith. While I am not proposing that churches ditch their mandate or core doctrinal positions, I believe that the time has come for those crucial conversations to be had about right and wrong, and expediency versus truth.
The ticking of the clock indicates that the coming of the Son of Man is nearer than when we first believed. The Bible also proposes that the Lord would shorten the days for the very elect’s sake. That means, because of you and me the days are being shortened. Hence, there is an urgent plea for us to return to our core mandate “Go into all the world and make disciples of all men” and preach the gospel to every creature.
The urgency of the hour demands that it cannot be business as usual or church and church programs as usual. There is a heightened presence of demonic infiltration and penetration in the earth realm! These activities have led to an increase in the number of violent crimes because the heart of men has become desperately wicked. Without sounding like an alarmist, Zion really needs to awake out of our slumber and arise!
What then is the true cost of reaching the lost? Without any deep theological assessment but based purely on revelation knowledge, the cost of a soul will be based on what we are prepared to give up in order for someone to know Christ. That includes: inconveniencing ourselves, extending open arms to those who are different from us, living transparent lives for others to see Christ in us, sharing our faith with those who will listen, becoming what we want others to be, welcoming those who are considered rejected, spending our money where we can’t go, having a mindset which puts self on the back page and God front and center to serve others. While this list is in no way exhaustive…I am proposing that it is then and only then that we will see a revival in our churches; when God becomes the head of the church again!
The world doesn’t need another self- help book, hyped-up program or massive crusade. People simply need the Lord. The state of affairs in the world has caused humanity to be open to almost anything, hence, the opportunity genuinely exists for us to be a witness. People are seeking answers but our lives should be of such that they are able to tell “that we have been with Jesus!”
There is an element of intentionality which cannot be overemphasized. We must be deliberate in reaching out to those around us who have not yet tasted of this great salvation! So today, as we go about our daily lives let us remain focused and be purposeful and tell of the love of Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” St. John 3: 16. Do you believe?